Chinderella – it’s an orthognathic fairytale, you see.

May 25, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — chinderella @ 12:12 pm

I am healed, dehooked, debraced (two years, two months exactly);  flossing is  a gift from the Gods with straight teeth.I look forward to it every day.


I can bite into bananas, burgers and, occasionally, people – who wouldn’t want to be my friend? A properly fitting jaw is a wonderful thing, you know. I also seem to taste food better, with more acuity. A certain chocolate and raspberry cake recently brought tears to my eyes.


A year ago I was fretting, counting days til the surgery date and losing sleep at night. Now it’s all over! and normal life has resumed, finally; without the baggage of braces and hooks and explanations I am planning for a normal summer.

The giddiness at the new face is over now; but I do check, regularly, that the new face is still there, that the old one isn’t creeping back in. I heard scary tales of relapse, you see.

At school there is a 2 year old picture of the staff, my then awkward face smiling; you so don’t look like that now, some say as they pass; and I smile with a kind of gratitude, with all my teeth.

I haven’t regretted it, even for a second, even when I couldn’t breathe, or drink, or sleep, or eat.

*photos must be taken*

Questions? Comments? Leave them here.



  1. What a wonderful feeling, Im so glad to hear that everything is so well with you.

    Comment by cookieyuml — May 25, 2009 @ 2:26 pm | Reply

  2. My comment: Um…. yes, photo’s MUST be taken…
    You keep fobbing us off on this one!
    So encouraging to hear that in spite of all that crap, and it really IS crap isn’t it? still worth it. Love it.

    And Thanks for all the lovin’ 😉

    Comment by Katherine — May 26, 2009 @ 7:59 pm | Reply

  3. Yay! Pictures are a must. Glad to hear you can floss with ease. I’m still wearing braces, so you can imagine how envious I am of your spectacular flossing ability! I really have enjoyed reading your blog this past year. I’m sensing the end of the journey myself. It’s been an amazing trip, and I’m glad that I’ve been able to make some blogging friends along the way. Stay well! :0) M

    Comment by Michelle — June 4, 2009 @ 1:01 am | Reply

  4. Congratulations! I just wanted to tell you your blog has really helped me look forward to the future. I am having surgery in 3 short weeks and am starting to feel the anxiety creep in. Even though I am confident that this is 100% what I want to do it is a daunting few months ahead. Your positive outlook along the way and final results just urge me to push forward.

    Comment by Kristin — October 23, 2009 @ 5:13 am | Reply

  5. The process is definitely not an easy one but the end result is good.More important to stick to a good surgeon so that all goes well and you are guided through the process.

    Comment by Dr. Ordon plastic surgeon — March 31, 2011 @ 7:18 am | Reply

  6. Hello, I tried to send this comment before and I don’t know if it made it so I will try again. My daughter (Sara) is undergoing the same surgery on 6/1. I was just curious as to how far they advanced you jaws??? I hope you still check your Blog. It’s simply wonderful and of great assistance.

    Comment by anita hutton — April 23, 2011 @ 11:52 am | Reply

    • Hello Anita,
      I actually don’t know for sure how far anything was moved! I would say my upper jaw was pulled out by 2mm, which doesn’t sound much but did make a big difference. My lower jaw was shortened by probably as much, but lower jaws do move after surgery: right after the surgery I looked like I had a receding chin, which was ironic, then it found its rightful place, if that makes sense!

      Before the surgery when I was a nervous wreck and trying to get as much info out of my surgeon as I could, I did ask about exact, mathematical calculation; he smiled at me and gave me an approximation
      (I think he said 2mm back for the lower jaw, but I can’t remember for sure). Some surgeons do calculations before, some, like mine, are so experienced that they don’t need to. Sorry I can’t be more specific! All the best to Sara, I hope everything goes smoothly. After all I suffered for this surgery, it’s now a good memory, partly thanks to the people who helped me through it such as my mum!

      Comment by chinderella — April 23, 2011 @ 12:03 pm | Reply

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